ARIGA, Nobumichi (Japanese Historian of Science)

ariga nobumichi

4-1-1 Amakubo, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-0005 JAPAN.
National Museum of Nature and Science.
Department of Science and Engineering.

E-MAIL: ariga.nobumichi**** (Please change "****" into "@".)


I was trained in history of science at the Department of Philosophy and History of Science, Kyoto University. I've been interested in historical and philosophical aspects of physics and mathematical sciences, and my graduate study was mainly about eighteenth-century mechanics exercised by such mathematicians as Euler and Lagrange. Also I've been attracted to both intellectual and cultural history of science in Europe, that of the early modern period in particular.

It was only after the Disaster in 2011 that I began to think seriously about technological and industrial aspects of science and its historical development in modern Japan. I hope to provide, as a historian of science, a story about how these things could happen. In other words, I'd like to find a way to graft Japanese history of technoscience on western history of science.

Since April 2013, I've been working at the National Museum of Nature and Science. My official work includes research on the history of science and technology in Japan. Outside the Museum, I continue to study history of physical and mathematical sciences in general. Especially, I'm still writing my PhD thesis on mechanics in eighteenth century I couldn't finish in my graduate course.


Eighteenth-Century Mechanics

My original research field is history of mechanics in the eighteenth century. During that period, from Newton through Euler to Lagrange, the science of mechanics was transformed from a part of natural philosophy to one of modern scientific disciplines. I'm interested in this transformation of mechanics, studying its development with a special attention to eighteenth-century discussions on the concept of force.

In addition to the intellectual aspect of mechanics, I've been interested in the cultural background to the science in the Enlightenment, especially learned academies and societies.

--> Detailed descriptions about my studies on eighteenth-century mechanics
(basically for scholars)

New Projects at the National Museum of Nature and Science

I'm now planning several researches on the history of science and technology in modern Japan. Introductions will appear here after launching these programs.

Apr. 11, 2013.